Software

Adobe Acrobat X Pro: Forms Tutorial

Forms have numerous applications in the legal world. They’re used to collect standard information, often as part of a client intake process. They’re used to simplify routine drafting tasks, like the preparation of a basic will. They’re used within organizations to ensure that standard contract forms are used.  In short, forms are used to save time, which in many cases …

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Paperless in 12 Steps

Too many excuses are made for a law firm’s inertia toward a paperless or just “less paper”-ridden office. The reason? Most often, “We aren’t sure where to start”. Well here’s a simple plan to help get the mountain moving. Make a paperless plan. But don’t call it that. If you’re leading the cause and the cause involves lawyers, don’t utter …

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Which Practice Management Software is Right For You?

Over the years, we’ve fielded many questions from lawyers looking to replace their cobbled together (or simply outdated) practice management solutions.  To help, we’ve maintained a comparison chart for some of the more popular practice management and time & billing products on the market. We’ve recently made a few updates to the chart, so if you’re in the market for …

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Security Essentials: Stay Up-to-Date

Technology evolves rapidly, and unfortunately security threats evolve right along with it.  To keep your firm’s technology–and your clients’ data–safe, it’s important to keep your software up-to-date and to stay informed about the latest security threats. Thankfully, staying ahead of the security curve doesn’t require a computer science degree.  It can be as simple as bookmarking a few useful blogs …

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Digital Dictation and Transcription Primer

Managing time can be a challenge in the best of circumstances, and the changing dynamics of the profession in recent years only seems to be making matters worse. While lawyers employ many strategies to deal with the time crunch, dictation is one of the most traditional—and for good reason. When used carefully, dictation allows lawyers to save time drafting simple …

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Comparison of Metadata Ethics Opinions

By now, most lawyers have at least a passing familiarity with the term “metadata,” which refers to the hidden layer of information embedded in most electronic documents.  Metadata is often described as “data about data” because it largely consists of information regarding a document’s origins, including who created it, when it was last opened, and what software was used. But …

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Apple WWDC Keynote Highlights

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) always generates a lot of excitement and a lot of headlines.  This year, we’ve read all of the coverage so you don’t have to. Here are the key highlights: Existing MacBook Air and Pro lines received an overall bump in specs, including faster processors.  Some prices dropped slightly. A new model of MacBook Pro …

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Evaluating Cloud-Computing Providers

Moving your practice into “the cloud,” whether that involves a single application or all of your firm’s data, is not for everybody. But if you’re one of the many practitioners who have decided that there’s a compelling business case for employing cloud computing, it’s important that you do the appropriate research—and ask the relevant questions—to make sure you’re using a …

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Introduction to Remember the Milk

Fully-featured practice management tools are a great way of getting your entire firm organized and on the same page, but sometimes you need something simpler: a way to manage your to-do list. Remember the Milk is designed to do just that, helping you to “never forget the milk (or anything else) again.” This short tutorial runs you through the basic …

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Efficiency Through Document Assembly

Document assembly tools have been around for years and could likely be put to good use in a variety of practice areas and sizes. Yet the adoption rate remains fairly low: according to the 2012 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report (Volume II), just 37% of respondents reported personally using document assembly software. Some of the hesitation can be attributed to …

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